Social media influencer blogs not credible resources for weight management


Research finds that social media influencers give bad diet and fitness advice eight times out of nine.

We probably didn't need a study to know that social media influencers might not give the best diet and fitness advice.

Healthy Living Expert Dr. David Barczyk said it makes him worry immediately when patients say, "I learned it on the Internet".

"They really aren't experts. They don't have any training in the health care field at all, and they just are telling you what works for them," said Barczyk.

He said look out for "cleanse" and "detox" that's pushing products that you don't know the ingredients.

"Just because it works for one person doesn't mean it will work for you, or that it's even necessarily safe for you," said Barczyk.

He says 75 percent of health costs are for preventable diseases--so do get off the couch and quit eating bad things.

He said 85 percent of people who try to lose weight by "diets" fail. He said a diet is food that's consumed every day, it's not something you go on.

He said if you have heart disease or diabetes, especially on blood pressure medicine, check in with your doctor and let them know what is your goal.

However, if you to get into shape there's no need to go to a doctor. Start slow--like walking every day and cut out sugars and some processed foods.

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